I know it’s tough, but sometimes you have to face up to some unpleasant facts.
Like the fact that federal marshals consider you the prime suspect in a multi-state kidnapping, or that your paranoid brother views you as a rival for the throne of his hermit kingdom, or that someone might want to steal a $5 million diamond. You know, those kinds of things.
In each case, the message is the same: you probably shouldn’t tell everyone where you are on social media.
According to various news reports, in February the FBI was able to use social media to track suspected kidnapper Paolo Aldorasi, age 34, as he drove across the country from Washington, D.C. to Washington State, after briefly kidnapping a foreign student from Georgetown University and unsuccessfully attempting to use their ATM cards in Virginia, D.C. and Maryland.
Aldorasi apparently kept the feds informed of his whereabouts through a series of social media posts, which also enabled them to link Aldorasi to the rental car he drove across the country. The feds arrested Aldorasi in Washington State on February 24.
Moving on to Portland, Oregon, a drug dealer named Bryan Garcia, age 35, was murdered last week after displaying stacks of cash containing up to $20,000 on social media, along with photos of his house and car, where he often kept large sums of money.
Local police say they consider Garcia’s social media posts may have helped the unknown attacker select him as a victim.
Then there’s Kim Jong-nam, the ill-fated half brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, who was assassinated with the nerve agent VX in an airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on February 13.
While the crime is still under investigation, South Korean intelligence analysts enforcement officials told the South China Morning Post that Kim Jong-Nam’s Facebook posts may have helped the North Korean assassination team track their jet-setting victim across Asia.
One expert noted that “open activities like these do not look like they are coming from a person who is constantly under the death threats.”Finally there’s the somewhat less tragic case of Kim Kardashian, who was robbed at gunpoint in Paris after a French heist crew saw a diamond ring valued at $5 million on her popular Instagram account.
According to Le Monde, the 60-year-old ringleader, Aomar Ait Khedache, told police they used social media first to conduct a rough appraisal of Kardashian’s jewels, and then to track her whereabouts in the lead-up to the heist.
Khedache stated: “The jewels were shown on the Internet, and [she said] that she didn’t wear fakes… the time she would arrive in France, you just had to look at the Internet and you knew everything, absolutely everything.”